July Professional Development Newsletter

WTU Summer Professional Learning!!!

Register TODAY for these exciting, engaging and informative summer professional development courses and workshops HERE.

Courses and Workshops that are still open include:

Hispanic Culture and Spanish Language I (starts this Saturday 7/10)

Culturally Responsive Pedagogy (2 part workshop starting this Saturday 7/10) FREE

Strategies for Student Success Section 3 (4 part workshop series starting 7/13) FREE

Financial Literacy Fridays for MS and HS Educators (4 part workshop series starting 7/16) FREE

Instructional Strategies that Work for All Disciplines (starts Saturday 7/17)

Managing Behavior in School Communities (starts Monday 8/9)


Decolonizing the Curriculum

Join Washington Teachers’ Union and Teaching for Change as we host a Decolonizing the Curriculum summer series beginning July 27th. This six-session FREE series will feature presentations disrupting the master narrative in classroom curriculum, by providing hands-on strategies with lessons to be used in-person and virtually.

Each session is standalone (2 PLU's per session) so attend one or all six Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. EST via Zoom.


Tuesday July 27th at 5:00 p.m. EST Decolonizing the Curriculum with Teaching for Change

Thursday July 29th at 5:00 p.m. EST Tackling Controversial Topics in Early Childhood Education with Laleña Garcia

Tuesday, August 3rd at 5:00 p.m. EST COVID Tribunal with Caneisha Mills

Thursday, August 5th at 5:00 p.m. EST Politics of Hair with Dr. Cierra Kaler-Jones

Tuesday, August 10th at 5:00 p.m. EST Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) Role Play with Jessica Rucker and Judy Richardson

Thursday, August 12th at 5:00 p.m. EST Teaching about Voting Rights with Ursula Wolfe-Rocca



OSSE Summer PD Catalog

Check out this listing of professional learning opportunities: https://osse.dc.gov/node/1492506


Survey for High School Math Teachers

You are invited to participate in the National Survey of High School Math Teachers. This study is being conducted by Dr. Yasmiyn Irizarry and Dr. Tia Madkins at The University of Texas at Austin and is sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Student Experience Research Network. The purpose of this study is to examine the preparation, experiences, beliefs, and practices of high school math teachers working in public schools.

Your input is very important to us! Your participation will help us to fully represent the wide-ranging views and experiences of high school math teachers across the United States and your responses will inform future efforts to support high school math teachers in ways that promote equity and student success.


In order to participate, you must be at least 18 years old, work in a regular public or public charter school in the U.S., teach high school level mathematics to students in grades 9 through 12, and be the sole or lead instructor of at least one high school math course during the current or most recent academic term of the 2020-21 school year.

Take the Survey Now.


National Opportunities

ChangeMaker FREE Conference

This year's ChangeMaker conference builds on last year's successes by offering two weeks of anytime/anywhere access to 60+ sessions. Start with our opening keynote from 2021 National Teacher of the Year L. Juliana Urtubey and hear from over 20 State Teachers of the Year and who are joined by our growing list of expert educators. This FREE event is going to be can’t miss! Let's listen, share, and grow together. Registration here: https://lnkd.in/eGcEMRB


Howard University’s 2021 Virtual Summer Institute for Educators (FREE)

Howard University’s 2021 Virtual Summer Institute for Educators will launch Part I of Voices from the Swahili World, a series of planned workshops and educational experiences throughout the 2021-2022 academic year. During this three-day summer institute, educators will learn about the people and culture of the Swahili Coast through the lens of three ports of call Lamu, Mombasa and Zanzibar. The program presentations will focus on the cultural arts (language, poetry, decorative arts, music, food and dress) of these regions.

Participants will gain an awareness of the diverse cultural heritage of the Swahili Coast through presentations, participant discussions and Q&A. The institute is open to K-12 educators across disciplines. No fee required.

Registration here: https://cfas.howard.edu/SIE2021


National Science Teaching Association STEM21 Conference (There is a registration fee)

See Conference sessions HERE.


Opportunities from the National Math Alliance:

Math Literacy Corps National Virtual Town Hall - Youth Agency Through Math Literacy, July 12th, 2021 @ 5:30pm Eastern Time.  To Register, visit this Eventbrite Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/160965420907. For event flyer, please visit: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1kx6530UqxmISTE-XlyRX-nNvPrqz4REt/view?usp=sharing

Dismantling Racism in Mathematics Instruction”, from Achieve the Core. A 12-hour, self-paced online course for K-12 educators. See https://achievethecore.org/page/3366/dismantling-racism-in-mathematics-instruction

NCTM Annual Meeting & Exposition - empowering the voice of teachers - from critical conversations to intentional actions, Atlanta, GA, Sept. 22-25, 2021. See: https://www.nctm.org/atlanta2021/

The Dillard University Center for Racial Justice’s 5 day Summer Institute is a student-led endeavor focused on preparing students for Student Activism and a 2022 Freedom Ride, August 9th-13th, 2021. This will help lay the groundwork for a Freedom Ride to Washington DC in summer 2022.  If you know of students interested in joining the student leadership team, please forward them this announcement with the attachments with further details, list of committees, and planned endeavors throughout the year 21-22 school year.  Interested students should contact the Center for Racial Justice student leadership team: Kaylan Tanner - [email protected]; Carlos Pollard - [email protected]; and Leila Jones - [email protected]. For those who would like to join the advisory leadership team to support the students, please contact Ashraf Esmail, Director for the Center for Racial Justice at Dillard University in New Orleans, LA at [email protected].  We meet every Wednesday as an advisory team and we meet every Saturday with the students.  The various committees meet once a week to outline mission, goals, objectives, and outline for each day of the August 9th-13th Summer Institute. Linked documents:

Freedom Rides Again! - slides - click here

The Ride Revived and Summer Institute Roadmap - click here

Freedom Ride 2 - click here

Draft Description of Committees - Freedom Ride & Summer Institute - click here

TODOS & JRMF: (four Thursdays in July: 8, 15, 22, 29) JRMF is excited to be partnering with TODOS to host a series of fun math events this summer. Join us as we explore games, puzzles, and other activities that make problem solving fun and accessible. There will be two sessions in English (one for parents and one for children) and two in Spanish. https://www.jrmf.org/todos



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